Enrollment for Summer 2019 workshops is now open!
See a full calendar of Summer 2019 offerings and register for workshops
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Learn in-person from the team of K-12 Maker educators at the MIT Edgerton Center, and bring the excitement of Making into your classroom! Spend a day learning tried-and-true ways to set up your school’s Makerspace, design high-impact Maker projects, or use new tools - 3-D printers, laser/vinyl cutters, and more.
NEW in 2019: Maker Project Design Workshop
After you and your students learn how to use the tools and tech, what happens next? This one-day experience gives you the opportunity to
"...feedback from Diane was really helpful. Her suggestions to me pushed my thinking and forced me to be uncomfortable in my process of thinking about project design. This was super valuable!"
3-D Modeling and Printing
Learn and practice 3D printing, from solid modeling with Tinkercad, to prepping models for print, to the effective use of 3-D printer with a classroom of students. Practice with one of our sample projects and leave with an original print of your own.
"Diane de-mystified 3D printers for me...it was great being able to ask all our uninformed questions, and have them translated (from vague language) and taken seriously."
Laser Cutter, Vinyl Cutter and 2-D Modeling
Learn and practice design for laser etching and cutting, design for vinyl/craft cutters, 2-D vector modelling (Inkscape, Gravit, or similar program); explore components, function, materials, and effective use of laser and vinyl cutters; and review and discuss project samples.
"The sample box project using Gravit was great and sparked a few potential ideas for the classroom. We also plan on purchasing at least one vinyl cutter after seeing it in use."
Design and Operate a Makerspace, with Shop Tool Training
Explore resources for design, layout, and safe operation of a Makerspace; receive instruction and practice with tools and materials (including a variety of hand tools and power tools, materials, and fasteners); and review and discuss project samples.
"Learned what entry level tools would be appropriate for a middle school makerspace. On the way home I stopped to look at purchasing some new tools!"
Learn and practice principles of electricity by building circuits that use series and parallel circuits, switches, LEDs, buzzers, wiring materials, soldering, component selection, multi-meters, tools, and techniques; and review and discuss project samples.
"...really helped me make connections in my head and fill in the holes that were keeping me from understanding more than the most basic electronics.”
Get introduced to the Arduino microcontroller capabilities and programming environment; learn and practice coding basics; explore interfacing with basic input devices (such as photocells, light temperature, distance sensors) and output devices (such as servo motors, neopixels, LEDs, speakers); and review and discuss project samples.
Recommended for teachers of grades 6 and up.
"A lot of things finally clicked, I'm feeling much more comfortable with the Arduino now..."
How long are workshops?
All workshops run for one full day, 8:30am-2:30pm.
For each one-day workshop, we charge $275/person.
What's the class size?
Attendance is limited to 18 participants/session
I just missed your last workshop - when is the next one?
We offer our workshops several times throughout the school year, as well as during the summer. View our most recent calendar on the main Edgerton Center site, or ask to join our mailing list for alerts for upcoming dates.
Can I sign up for just one?
Yes! No need to purchase a package, take only the courses you want - and take as many as you want.
Where are the workshops?
We run workshops at the Edgerton Center Student Project Lab on the 4th floor of building 4, room 4-409. Get directions and parking info from our Contact page.
I'm just starting out - can I still come?
Current offerings are designed with beginners in mind (though for Project Design, we very strongly recommend that participants have some prior experience with at least one Maker tool). Past participants have had resources ranging from portable carts to library Makerspaces to full-blown shops - if you don't have a Makerspace yet, we are here to help!
Are my students old enough for Making?
The workshops we offer were originally designed for teachers of students from grades 4 – 12, but students can start making in any grade. Many of our past participants teach grades K-5.
Is lunch included?
No, but we do offer light snacks throughout the day. There are a few good places to buy a meal within a 5 minute walk, and we have a kitchenette with fridge, toaster oven, and microwave for people who prefer to bring lunch.
Are there scholarships?
Our workshop fees help to support online and other resources that we provide for free, so we are unable to offer scholarships at this time. Some participants have been able to fund workshop fees from their school district, PTA, school educational foundation for teacher PD, or local university programs.
Will you come to our school / district?
Maybe! Contact Diane directly for more details.
What teachers like about K-12 Maker workshops:
Our staff members are experienced educators, passionate about the opportunities that maker technologies brings to the classroom. We emphasize hands-on practice and teach each technology through a simple maker project. Participants will leave with confidence, skills, resources, and new ideas for incorporating Maker tools into the classroom. Here's what past participants say:
"Hands on - met us where we were at. The staff to participant ratio was awesome. Often in these types of settings, you wait a lot for help. This was really well planned out."
“Walking through a project together, rather than just talking about a project.”
"The willingness of the presenters to go above and beyond to ensure that I got the most out of the program was refreshing. They are very genuine and passionate."